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How Many Episodes Of "8 Simple Rules" Have You Seen?
The Hennessy clan -- mother Cate, daughters Bridget and Kerry, and son Rory -- look to one another for guidance and support after the death of Paul, the family patriarch. Cate's parents lend a hand.
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In the Pilot episode, Cate decides to return back to work while Paul tends with the family. Paul discovers that his oldest daughter, Bridget, is dating his co-worker's Tommy's son Kyle. Paul sees that Kyle might hurt his daughter's heart, and gives Kyle a little talk about the way he feels. Kerry, Paul's second daughter, is suspended from school for ditching school.
Cate attends a seminar, while Paul stays home to watching the big Michigan/Ohio State football game. Bridget is accused of shoplifting at a local drugstore, while Kerry is upset over the treatment of animals during circus shows.
Paul gets angry at Bridget for spending too much money on fashion, and tells her to find a job to learn more about money responsibility. Bridget gets a job at a local clothing store. Bridget receives a 40% discount off merchandise for being an employee of the store. She abuses the discount and overspends and receives no money on her first paycheck.
Paul is upset when he walks in on Bridget and Kyle alone on the couch, unaware that they are in the process of breaking up. He then walks upstairs and finds Kerry alone with her study partner Guy. Kerry is annoyed when Paul remarks that he doesn't have to worry about Kerry alone in a bedroom like he does Bridget. Later that night, Rory informs Paul that Bridget is out past curfew on a date with some basketball player. After realizing that Bridget's date is none other than Travis Smith, AKA "The Rainman" - one of the best high-school basketball point guards in the state - Paul agrees to let Bridget skip the once-sacred 'family movie night' to go out with Travis. She continues to see him throughout the week staying out later and later each night. It soon becomes clear that Bridget has been manipulating the situation, while Kerry is now a young woman not an innocent little girl.
Bridget learns that there's a tryout for the cheer leading squad and thinks she has it in the bag. But Kerry goes with her and Bridget tells her she doesn't have what it takes but Kerry tries out and is the one they pick.
Paul is looking forward to a traditional family Halloween, but the kids have each made plans of their own. A saddened and dejected Paul announces that he's retiring his man-with-ax-in-head costume and is done with holiday. For his final Halloween request, he asks the family to have one last campout in the treehouse. The event turns into a disaster. The kids fight and Cate doesn't enjoy the experience either. Paul finally gives in and lets everyone leave. While he and Cate look at all of the memories that fill the treehouse, Kyle appears, attempting to sneak out with Bridget.
Paul and Cate come home to find Rory rolled up in a carpet in the living room. Bridget and Kerry are punished for what they did to their brother. Later on, the doorbell rings and Paul answers it to meet Anthony, a white kid acting and dressing ghetto. Anthony asks for Bridget and Kerry in a ghetto lingo unfamiliar to Paul who slams the door on him. Cate discovers Paul is reading a parenting book - Paul says he's tired of always being the bad guy and reveals some of what he has learned from reading the first five chapters. Later on, Rory comes to Paul claiming to have helped out with the laundry and having conveniently found a fliers for an extreme rock concert in Bridget's pocket and under Kerry's bed, which he feels he needs to show Paul. Rory tells Paul that the concert is the same night the girls' sleepovers are planned...
It's Friday night and everyone is home. Paul has just kicked Kyle out of the house leaving Bridget home for the night. Kerry is unusually happy because a boy she is interested in, Jason, asked her out but Paul won't let her date yet because she is not old enough. To take advantage of the whole family being together, Paul decides they should all go out to a movie. Back at home later that night, Bridget announces she is going out with Parker, a boy she met in the food court who works at a cool clothing store. Paul is happy to see Kyle out of the picture. Cate talks Paul into letting Kerry go on her date. Jason comes over the house to pick up Kerry and a protective Paul lays down the law to an intimidated Jason. Later that week, Bridget and Kerry complain to each other about their situations: Kerry is confused about why Jason doesn't call her at home, but still talks to her at school. Bridget feels guilty about what she did to Kyle and really misses him.
Paul announces to the family that he wants to go to the cabin on the lake for their annual family vacation. No one else is happy about the location or spending two weeks together. Paul challenges everyone in the family to give up a bad habit for a week and the winner gets to choose the vacation spot. Paul can't use the TV remote control, Cate gives up drinking coffee, Bridget can't talk on the phone, Kerry has to curb her sarcasm, and Rory must stop telling tales on his sisters. They all try to trick each other into doing their bad habits, but it's not working. Bridget and Cate form an alliance and continue drinking coffee and talking on the phone in the laundry room. Rory finds out but cannot tell on them because then he will lose.
Paul wants to have a quiet Thanksgiving with just the family. Kerry comes downstairs with boyfriend Jason and irritates her father. Paul reinforces the rule about no boys upstairs when Bridget comes in from the basement with Kyle. At Paul's workplace, Paul and Tommy discuss the rudeness of new editor Nick Sharp. Nick shows up and meets Paul. The two hit it off because they are both dads of teenage daughters. Bridget and Kerry tell Paul that he is overprotective of them and he needs to stop being a "psycho dad" like Nick. Paul decides to get to know the girls' boyfriends, Kyle and Jason, a little better and lets them stay for Thanksgiving dinner.
Paul decides that he is going to make this Christmas the best one ever. As he and Cate decorate the Christmas tree the kids tell him what they want for Christmas. Rory wants a motorcycle, Bridget wants to be with Kyle on Christmas Eve, and Kerry wants to keep a lost puppy that she just found wandering in the street. Paul wants to win the brightest lights competition in the neighborhood, but it seems like the neighbors are winning.
Kerry and Bridget are sitting in the living room reading. Paul, Rory and his friend Sabrina and enter the house after playing basketball. Sabrina thanks Paul for the ride home. After she leaves, Paul reprimands Rory for teasing Sabrina. The girls find this amusing and begin to tease Rory about his new girlfriend. Cate comes in with the mail which contains Bridget and Kerry's state aptitude test results. Kerry opens hers first and proudly announces that she got an eighty-eight. Then Bridget opens her envelope and screams out that she received a ninety-two, beating her extremely brainy sister. Kerry is annoyed. Rory, later that evening, comes to Bridget and Kerry to ask how he should ask Sabrina out.
Bridget needs one of her parents' signatures for a permission slip that will allow her to drop her college prep courses. She gets Kerry to distract Paul so he won't read the permission slip, and he signs it quickly. Later the school calls Cate notifying her that Bridget has dropped all of her college prep classes. Paul finds Kerry's sketchbook and thinks she is really talented. He decides that he will take her drawings to show the principal what a great artist Kerry is. Paul, Cate and Bridget have a meeting with the principal, Mrs. Connelly. Bridget announces that she has decided not to go to college, but to become an esthetician. Paul, Cate and Mrs. Connelly talk Bridget into taking her college prep classes if she is allowed to take electives in the vocational arts.
Cate comforts Kerry because she has just broken up with her boyfriend, Jason. Paul comes down to talk to Kerry after Cate is done and ends up making her feel worse. While Bridget tells Paul about the party she is going to that night, Kerry enters with her friend, Christina. Christina is just as cynical and moody as Kerry, and Kerry has renewed their friendship because she is depressed over her breakup with Jason. Paul doesn't like it that they are friends again. He talks to Cate about it, and she tells him not to get involved. Paul also wants to find out what is in Rory's secret box, but Cate tells him to let Rory have some privacy.
Paul is trying to get Kerry and Bridget to talk to each other after they both date Kyle. Kyle tries to get Bridget back and has his brother's apartment for the weekend. Paul, frustrated by the whole thing, dozes off and dream Kyle is Jack Tripper, his daughters are Janet and Chrissy, He and Cate are the Ropers with Rory is Larry from Three's Company.
Bridget comes home, past curfew, after a night out at a music concert and finds her parents asleep on the couch. Rory sneaks downstairs and wakes up his parents to reveal that his sister is late again. An upset Paul questions Bridget who acts as if she has done nothing wrong. Paul and Cate decide to handle this situation differently and together. Cate proposes that Bridget pick up a hobby, like playing music. Paul suggests taking her down to the music store so they can pick out an instrument for her to play. Later that day in the garage, Bridget plays the drums wildly, which Paul has bought for her. Bridget is excited about her new hobby and pictures herself in her very own girl band. Paul and Cate, though, start to have second thoughts about the new hobby.
Paul and Cate force Rory to read "To Kill a Mockingbird" for a book report instead of watching the movie. Bridget pretends to pine over Ben going off to college, while Kerry covers for her. In reality, Bridget is in a great mood and has been calling and messaging Ben at college in Ohio and thinks she's in love with him. Paul had discouraged any further relations with Ben because he was too old for Bridget. Kerry covers for her sister because Bridget keeps throwing a guilt trip on her for kissing Kyle.
Paul drives Rory to school, who begs his dad not to leave the car - ever - after dropping him off. Paul decides to investigate Rory's behavior and confronts the boys in the school that have been calling Rory names. During this conversation, the boys realize that Paul is wearing slippers and they laugh and call him Slipper-Dad. Paul's actions and slippers mortify Rory. That night, Bridget and Kerry tell Paul that they heard about his slippers at Rory's school through the grapevine. The girls insist that they have been scarred for life - again - because of this.
Bridget is taking psychology at school and is annoying Kerry by psycho-analyzing her actions and words. An excited Rory and Paul come home from Rory's basketball game, talking about meeting famous racecar driver Carter Tibbits. Rory spoils his father's good news by announcing to Cate that Carter wants Paul to write his biography. Paul also tells Cate that Carter has invited their whole family to dinner at his mansion. Paul is thrilled with the idea of writing a book on Carter, but his hero worship and subsequent attempts to impress the driver lead to some very awkward moments.
Bridget has taped over Kerry's video project for school. Kerry is enraged because Bridget taped herself dancing in her new leather pants over Kerry's footage of a meteor shower, which comes only once every 60 years. Paul jokingly suggests she do her project on Bridget, and Kerry decides she make a film about how beautiful people have a much easier life.
Kerry and Bridget are caught partying on the evening news while the family is vacationing at Cate's parents home in Florida. The news also runs an archived video that features a young Cate, who is very drunk at a bar.
Rory wants a monkey, so Paul gives him baseball cards instead. But Rory won't give up so easily... Cate is about to get a promotion, which means more work and less time for Bridget, of which she is not happy, so Paul tries to help Bridget.
Cate brings Kerry home after giving her a tour of the hospital. Kerry tells Paul about the starving twins she saw and how disappointed she is in the state of the world. Cate suggests that Kerry become involved with the Great American Bake Sale, an event Cate's hospital is participating in where people volunteer to bake goods to give to the hungry and homeless. Kyle and Bridget come home carrying a sack of flour bundled in a baby blanket. They have been paired up in heath class with an assignment to take care of the sack like it is a real baby. Kerry and Rory spend an evening together cooking in the kitchen. Rory has apparently developed a knack for baking and tries to give his sister advice. When Kerry continues to make mistakes, a frustrated Rory kicks her out of "his" kitchen.
Everyone in the neighborhood uses every possible excuse to distance themselves from the religious weirdos, The Doyles. However, despite their best efforts, the Hennessys end up in central roles in the wedding of one of the Doyle girls.
Donny takes Bridget out on a date, then invites her to a formal. Kyle just keeps spending time at the Hennessys' and then... with Kerry. Cate's sister, bitter after her husband left her, comes for a visit.
Cate awaits the results of her pregnancy test while Bridget struggles with her long distance relationship with Donny Doyle. A new student at school catches Bridget's wandering eye. Meanwhile, Cate is stunned by Paul's insensitivity and selfishness when he reveals to her that he's not sure he's ready for another child in the house.
Paul and Kerry go for a father-and-daughter's night out at the movies but it soon turns into an awkward situation when the movie gets a little graphic. Cate starts teaching Sex Ed at Bridget's high school and upon receiving a letter from a "new" girl who is contemplating having sex with her long-distance boyfriend, Cate goes on the defensive.
Fred and Mary Ellen Doyle are shocked beyond words when Bridget decides to break up with their son Donny on a videotape, leading to a fight between the Hennesseys and the Doyles. The situation gets more complicated as Donny decides to leave the Naval Academy for Bridget and dash his future hopes and dreams of being in the Navy. Bridget faces a moral dilemma as she has to choose between having a relationship with Donny that would benefit her but which he might later regret or helping him realize his home is in Annapolis.
After learning of the unexpected death of Paul, Cate and the kids must each deal with the loss of the beloved patriarch of the Hennessy family in their own way. To help console the family, Cate's parents - who are separated - put aside their marital differences and help the family through their time of need.
Cate is unprepared for the diverse reactions exhibited by Bridget and Kerry on their first day back to school since their father's death. Meanwhile, Jim tries his best to be helpful by making some questionable home improvements to the Hennessy home.
Paul used to be in the school basketball team and since his dad would have really liked it Rory decides to get into the team. Granpa gets the girls to agree not to fight each other because it burdens Cate. But it's hard to maintain peace.
Cate's determined to have the traditional Thanksgiving with the family even without Paul. When the girls say they want to go to a party, she tells them to bring their dates to dinner instead. Rory is told that he's the man in the house now.
Bridget needs extra-curricular activities to boost her college applications. So she joins the drama club - and gets the lead, upsetting Lacey, who expected to get it, and Kerry, who only gets to be one of the crew. Rory tries ventriloquism.
When Bridget announces that she has got a job as a lifeguard at a swimming pool, Jim is afraid that the girls don't need him anymore. Meanwhile, Kerry befriends a girl who is constantly ignored because she is not blonde. Rory is troubled by constant erections.
Cate's sister's son, the family black sheep C.J., arrives. He didn't come to the funeral because Paul was the only one who believed in him - and C.J. failed. But maybe he can help Paul's children. Or mess up again.
C.J.'s having a bad influence on Rory: inspired by C.J. he steals a drug dog. Then Bridget "borrows" Cate's credit card. And Finally, even Kerry is caught acting irresponsibly. Has Cate failed in raising her children?
Bridget gets assigned as a geek's lab partner, hires him as a tutor and finds herself oddly attracted to this Jeremy when Dylan gets sick. It's Kerry and Kyle's first Valentine's Day together. Rory has trouble figuring out a gift for Missy.
C.J.'s van burns down so he has to share a room with Gramps. Bridget needs no more tutoring, but wants to "win" Jeremy, so she enlists Kerry to take her go to the ge-- academic party Jeremy is going to. But does Bridget interest Jeremy?
Rory has started a blog centering on school rumors and C.J. starts helping him. Bridget tries to get Jeremy to go to the dance. The PTA, of which Cate belongs to, outlaws "suggestive" dancing, and Kerry decides to rebel. And Damian returns.
Gramps Jim gets a letter from his ex-wife, who tells that she's seeing someone else. Cate tells CJ that after hearing that Jim needs a man to talk to - and CJ has to be that man. In grief counseling, Cate is told to treat herself.
Rory has resorted to selling his stuff on the net to pay his dating expenses. C.J. becomes a "security consultant" at the mall. And he takes it seriously. Kerry wants to go to a summer art program in Europe, so she has to take a McJob.
The girls want to break the family Spring Break tradition and go to the Maeve Festival instead. Cate can't take a break from work, so she orders them to visit grandma. Rory has a crush on Kerry's friend Rachel. Naturally Kerry tells Rachel.
Having seen Cate in the arms of a man, the girls run away, leaving Kyle behind. The only one arriving the Maeve Festival is C.J., unfortunate for him. Soon the family starts worrying about the girls - except for Rory, who has other worries.
Bridget is going to a sleepover - or is she? Kerry's driving license test is approaching and she needs lessons. Turns out Gramps has to take the test too. C.J. holds a party at the campus, which leads to complications.
Mother's Day is approaching and the girls are acting suspiciously considerate towards Cate. Are they up to something no good? Rory starts a business: car wash. Then Gramps gets nostalgic over a car just like his first one.
C.J. has started taking massaging lessons. Gramps insists he can be the repairman of the house. Bridget gets a note from the principal because she supposedly dressed inappropriately. But when Cate meets the principal, she recognizes him.
Kerry gets in the art program in Europe in the summer, but Cate forgot to submit her medical records in time. Together they appeal to principal Gibb. C.J. falls for Missy's big sister Sissy and Gramps for a woman he has a car accident with.
Bridget gets suspended from school but she's covering for Kerry so she can go to her summer program in Europe. C.J. is waiting a call from Aerosmith, Gramps from Cate's mom. Cate goes to talk to Gibb about the girls, with surprising result.
The summer is over and Kerry has "grown" in Europe and wants to break up with Kyle. Bridget is the student body president and revels in her power. Rory starts high school with trepidation. Gibbs offers Cate a job.
Rory is being bullied in school - (un)fortunately Gramps and C.J. offer him advice. The girls are not happy to hear that Cate will become their school nurse since they both have a secret mom won't like.
C.J. decides to try speed dating. Kerry's winning art project about the objectification of women will be displayed at the mall. Will this be the *one* time she gets the people's attention instead of Bridget?
Rory is enamored with Marnie the Slurpie Girl and knows she'd like to see OutKast live. But he hasn't got a driver. Nor tickets like her sisters. *Then* he gets left with the keys and wrecks the mini-van. Surely he is doomed? Right?
The Halloween Dance is near. Since Bridget is the president, it's her duty to organize it - and since she's no good at it, the vice president seeks to replace her. C.J. has bad 1979 Dance memories but will be the 2004 head of security.
Bridget falls for the tennis coach, Scott, and so does Cate, whom Scott asks out. Cate declines because they work at the same place, but can she resist her urges? Rory finds out a secret while making a school project about Gramps.
Rory won't reveal who beat him up. CJ fails to get him painkillers. The girls get fake IDs; and Bridget gives their number to a cop. They fear Cate answers his call. CJ fears the pharmacy calls. Cate fears Scott calls. Who answers whose call?
Bridget gets an audition for a car commercial, but gets rejected. This causes Bridget to lose her confidence in herself. Jim goes to reprimand the project leader who, to Cate's shock, turns out to be the love of his life.
C.J. doesn't wan't to share the room with Jim anymore, so Jim agrees to move to the "scary" attic if C.J. manages to spend one night alone there. A scout from Princetown is coming to see Bridget play tennis and Kerry becomes very upset at the very thought of Bridget possibly getting a scholarship to Princeton. But Bridget is about to flunk maths which would mean she won't get to play when the scout arrives...
C.J. plans to leave for Las Vegas to spend Christmas there because his parents always spent their holiday at some exotic location while he was "dumped" to some nanny. Cate shows C.J. a Christmas photo from when she was 10 years old and succeeds in changing his mind. Cate makes the mistake of promising that the family celebrates this Christmas exactly like in the photo - and C.J. wants all the details duplicated... Rory surprises everyone with the revelation that he has a rich girlfriend. But what kind of Christmas present can he give to a girl who has everything?
Bridget has injured her leg in a bathroom accident, but tells everyone that Kerry pushed her down the stairs. Principal Gibbs informs C.J. that he can start working as a substitute teacher. Cate learns that C.J. wrote a recommendation letter in her name and forged her signature. In his defense, C.J. claims that he's doing exactly what Cate wanted: something worthwhile with his life. But when he catches Rory for cheating, will he be able to turn Rory in to Gibbs, who has zero tolerance against cheating?
Rory has reached the age of regular self-pleasuring. A stunning younger woman is hanging around with principal Gibb. He introduces her as his "friend" Cheryl, but she is much more intimate with him than that. Cate is jealous. Gibb asks C.J. to let Cheryl attend his classes in preparation for her upcoming final exams to get a GED certificate. Gibb wants to make sure Cate is not uncomfortable about him dating Cheryl. Cheryl, meanwhile, asks "personal tutoring" from C.J. - in the privacy of her home... What will C.J. do? And Rory gets caught with his pants down - literally.
Cate is gathering the courage to e-mail an old boyfriend Matt. Jim remembers telling Cate to stay away from the guy. Then C.J. takes the liberty of sending the e-mail. Soon after that, Cate declares that she's taking some time off from taking care of everything and locks herself inside her room. Suddenly, there is a knock on her window. It's Matt (played, thanks to brilliant casting, by none other than Katey Sagal's old cast-mate Ed O'Neill from Married with Children)!
Cate finds a note in Kerry's pants that were with the laundry. It's an e-mail from Bruno Cunningham. And the only Bruno Cate is aware of is the guy to whom Kerry lost her virginity and who then broke her heart. Cate confides in Bridget, who's shocked to learn that Kerry is keeping in touch with Bruno - without telling her! Cate is afraid Kerry will get hurt again and wants to ask her if she's going to meet Bruno again, but Bridget convinces her that she should give Kerry some privacy. Then she herself goes to ask Kerry if there is anything going on. But Bruno is already in the house and Kerry has offered the attic for him to sleep in while he's passing by during backpacking around America!
Cate clashes with one of the opposing team's mothers at Kerry's volley bowl team match and gets a warning, meaning that if Kerry's team's fans cause another incident, her team forfeits the playoffs. So Kerry forbids her from attending.
C.J. asks the girls' math teacher, the Japanese Mrs. Krupp, out - and she accepts. To everyones surprise, their date goes well and they start seeing each other. Then Cheryl turns up, claiming that she missed C.J. and suddenly he is in the most unlikely of situations: having to choose between two women on a Valentine's Day.
It's Prom Night. Bridget learns that the planned after party has been canceled. She then mentions at home that she's decided to throw the after party at a hotel and asks her mom to book a room, but Cate forbids her to even take part in any after party. Kerry has published a pro-lesbian article in the school paper, gets asked to the prom by a lesbian girl. Kerry thinks their appearance together would make a statement, but does not realize that the girl is attracted to her. Rory gets asked to the prom by a girl with somewhat questionable reputation - a fact with which Cate is not at ease with at all. When C.J. points out that if Cate does not book a room, the kids will find someone else who will, the only solution Cate can come up with is to announce that the after party will take place at their house...
Rory has a crush on the new exchange student and wants to go shopping for new clothes. He does no longer want his mother's company, only her credit card. Bridget can't allow Rory's poor choices in clothing because it would reflect poorly on her, so she decides to give Rory a changeover. Meanwhile, C.J. has earned access to the teachers lounge. Unfortunately C.J. gets on the bad side of Mr. Edwards by first calling him "Mr. Ed" and then breaking his coffee cup. The man uses prison inmate style tactics to intimidate C.J. and kick him out of the lounge. Granpa tells C.J. confrontation is the only way out... Granpa tells Cate she has to accept that the kids grow up.
Granpa takes the children and C.J. ice fishing. Meanwhile, Cate goes on a dinner date with principal Gibb. Since the house is empty and it's Friday, Cate invites Gibb to watch Arabian Lawrence with her. The next morning Cate awakes on the sofa with Gibb on top of her... just before grandpa returns home early with the kids.
In the series closer, it's the schools ditch day. While Bridget plots to do the ultimate prank, Cate is plotting how to keep her relationship with Principal Gibb under wraps so she won't worry her kids. Kerry is anti-ditch day, and tries to make ditch day a normal day of learning, to what turns out to be a complete bust. When Kerry puts on the prank in her sister's place, she ends up realizing she really has been a goody-two-shoes. Cate also realizes that it's really not that big of a deal that she's dating the principal, and her kids just want what's best for her.